I begin to wonder whether there is any benefit in still being registered with the telephone preference service (TPS). There has been a marked increase over the last year of unsolicited calls from British companies with call centres in the UK to my phone. I have just had a call from a company who clean ovens, who when told they should not be cold calling my number simply hung up. Has anyone else noticed this increase in calls and has anyone found a successful way of preventing them?
The TPS is a very much a toothless dragon, since its inception (Pre 2004 that I know of), there has never been any UK cold call company prosecuted for ignoring the requirements to search their database before calls are placed
My phone shows me that I'm receiving an International Call, so I practice my very best Peter Sellers Indian Accent and completely baffle them. They normally hang up on me after a minute or two. Doesn't stop them of course. UK ones I simply say I only deal with reputable companies, and when they try to tell me they are I then say well then you would know we are registered with the TPA and you shouldn't be calling us and hang up. Still doesn't stop them but it is a bit of fun.
Call barring has worked for me for many years; it won’t connect a call from a withheld number. Most call centres use a withheld number so they won’t get connected. It costs me £1 per month and I am happy to pay as it has stopped almost all of what was previously a weekly barrage of calls.
I can also turn it off and on anytime. This part of my Virgin package.
Condom commented of his caller display facility.
My land line phone says in its little hand book it too can do this though I not so far get it to work
So I wonder is it 'generic' hand book for many models or is it something I have to sign up to at the service supplier?
Also when I made a couple of calls recently- there was no answer or any answer machine/service
Yet each called back as their kit showed them I had called.
One instance was a landline number another a mobile
So is it in the kit or do they sign up for it or is it both?